By Nancy E. Bailey. Response to Intervention (RTI), the program to identify children with learning disabilities early, was recently described by the Chalkbeat in Tennessee as having problems with implementation. In many places, like Tennessee, RTI has replaced —a model which has …

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In a major victory for Medicaid coverage of autism, a federal agency has directed the states to cover medically necessary treatments for autism for children and young adults, including behavioral health treatments such as Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). An estimated …

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Adriana Mantilla knew traditional school settings weren’t working for her gifted but autistic son. Ten-year old Armando had tried a private school, but the staff didn’t have the expertise he needed. Public school classrooms were too big and distracting, the …

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A teacher handed police shocking secret footage which allegedly shows two colleagues slapping and choking a special needs student before knocking him off a chair. The video was filmed at Harper-Archer Middle School in Atlanta, Georgia, over four days by …

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Kristin Cavallari of MTV reality show fame and Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler, have made a controversial decision regarding their one young child and their second, which Cavallari is carrying. At an appearance on Fox, Cavallari said she doesn’t intend …

NFL wife says she won’t vaccinate her children for fear of Autism Read more »

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“Parenthood’s” Kristina Braverman of Berkeley, CA takes up a cause New Yorkers are becoming all too familiar with This season on “Parenthood,” as a bold and arguably impulsive response to their autistic teenage son’s struggles, fictional parents Adam and Kristina …

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In our first year in Washington, our son disappeared. Just shy of his 3rd birthday, an engaged, chatty child, full of typical speech — “I love you,” “Where are my Ninja Turtles?” “Let’s get ice cream!” — fell silent. He …

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  The parents of an autistic student are taking the Palo Alto Unified School District to federal court over its refusal to allow him to be educated at home, as well as other alleged violations of the Individuals with Disabilities …

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Many talented, bright high school students have diagnosed — or undiagnosed — learning disabilities. According to the National Institutes of Health, approximately one in seven Americans has some type of disability, including dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, and many …

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Four weeks into a medical assistant program at Antonelli College, Nikki Mclendon eagerly took her parents to the college’s student appreciation day. The 20-year-old looked forward to discussing her progress and pre-registering for the next term, but instead received devastating …

For special education students, diplomas, jobs increasingly elusive Read more »

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